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March 4, 2010 | Gina McIntyre and Nick Owchar, Times staff writers
It would be easy to dismiss the new book "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" as little more than a novelty. The title sounds more like a great "Saturday Night Live" sketch than a compelling read, and its author, Seth Grahame-Smith, was responsible for last year's good-natured Jane Austen sendup, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." But Grahame-Smith's sophomore effort outlasts the kitsch value of its title, and freed from the constraints of updating (or defacing, depending on one's viewpoint)
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February 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Fans of the 1988 supernatural comedy "Beetlejuice" will recall that the way to summon Michael Keaton's titular ghost is to repeatedly invoke his name. Now Keaton himself is taking a similar approach to a sequel. During a press junket for the new "RoboCop" remake, Keaton told MTV News that he's interested in reuniting with director Tim Burton to make "Beetlejuice 2. " "I've e-mailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff," Keaton told MTV . "I always said that's the one thing I'd like to do again, if I ever did anything again.
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June 22, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
Just when you think you know a president, you find out the guy was also crusader against legions of undead monsters. That's the premise behind "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," based on the mash-up novel by Seth Grahame-Smith (who also wrote the script) and directed by Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted"). Alas, Honest Abe's newly revealed line of work isn't going over so well with movie critics, many of whom are panning the film. The Times' Kenneth Turan concedes that "Vampire Hunter" offers an intriguing idea but says it fails in execution: "... [A]
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October 21, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
If you say the name three times, will it appear? "Beetlejuice 2" doesn't roll off the tongue quite as easily as plain old "Beetlejuice," but momentum appears to be gaining for the movie just the same. Tim Burton and Michael Keaton both are reportedly likely to return for the sequel to the beloved supernatural comedy, which became a box office hit and a cultural touchstone 25 years ago. The original paved the way for Keaton and Burton's pairing on "Batman" and "Batman Returns.
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June 20, 2012 | By Gina McIntyre and John Horn, Los Angeles Times
The swoony, sparkly vampires in the "Twilight" saga have sold a bloody fortune at the box office, thanks largely to a devoted fan base of young women and teenage girls. But will young adult men respond in the same way to the vicious vein-drainers in the far more grown-up"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"? Opening in wide release Friday against Pixar's animated"Brave" and Focus Features' apocalyptic love story"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," Fox's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" presents an alternative biography of the 16th president in which the great orator is actually an ax-wielding monster slayer determined to avenge the death of his mother and rid the nation of an unseen, undead menace.
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March 25, 2010
With his first mash-up, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," Seth Grahame-Smith started a cottage industry of classic tales woven through with horror. In "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," he reconstructs the story of Honest Abe to have him unleashing vengeance on bloodsuckers on his way to the White House. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Thu. (626) 449-5320.
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March 2, 2010
BOOKS Seth Grahame-Smith Hot on the heels of his successful "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," the author and film producer turns his spoofing sights from British literature to American history with " Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." The amusing mash-up of fiction and fact has the 16th president avenging the unnatural death of his mother by ridding the world of vampires. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110. www.booksoup.com. COMEDY Sister Groundling The funny women of the legendary improv group's Main Company regale audiences with a one-off evening of sketch comedy, improv and other mixed media shenanigans.
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June 22, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
How can a studio to interest young moviegoers in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," a supernatural thriller in which the 16th president tackles slavery as well as the undead? YouTube is a good place to start. Twentieth Century Fox commissioned two YouTube filmmakers -- Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch -- to create a promotion for the film that would grab the attention of Wong and Laatsch's YouTube channel's 3.3 million viewers. The result was " 8-Bitham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," a video that blends the film's premise with a classic, side-scrolling video game setup.  The clip -- which is broken into game-like "levels," depicts a villainous, vampiric John Wilkes Booth kidnapping Mary Lincoln.
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June 22, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
For decades, movie stars have used the talk-show circuit to drum up awareness of an upcoming film. Now, film studios are drafting a new group of celebrities to aid in the promotional pitch: YouTubers. Twentieth Century Fox commissioned the filmmakers behind the popular FreddieW channel on YouTube - Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch - to create a promotion for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," a supernatural thriller in which the 16th president tackles slavery and battles the undead.
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June 22, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
The competition will cower in the face of "Brave" at the box office this weekend, as the 3-D animated picture is expected to dominate at the multiplex. The movie, from Walt Disney Studios' Pixar animation unit, probably will open with a strong sum of around $65 million in ticket sales, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. That's far more than either of the other two new films hitting theaters this weekend are expected to make. The supernatural 3-D action movie "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" will probably start off with a so-so $20 million, though distributor 20th Century Fox is predicting a weaker opening of around $16 million.
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November 11, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Abraham Lincoln went from historical icon to film star when cinema was just in its infancy, in such long-forgotten silents as 1908's "The Life of Abraham Lincoln," 1909's "The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln" and 1915's "The Life of Abraham Lincoln. " Hollywood's love affair with the 16th president of the United States has continued unabated over the decades in countless films, from D.W. Griffith's 1915 "The Birth of a Nation" to Steven Spielberg's historical epic "Lincoln," starring Daniel Day-Lewis, which opened Friday to rave reviews.
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July 24, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
CinemaScore, the polling service whose grades for movies have become a widely used shorthand for what the public thinks of a new release, is posting its grades on a public website for the first time. The Las Vegas-based company this week launched a redesigned version of its website featuring grades for films released in the past three months. Visitors to CinemaScore.com can now see that "The Dark Knight Rises" got an A, for instance, while "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" received a C+. New grades are typically posted late Friday night.
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June 25, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
It was a highly animated weekend at the box office, as moviegoers spent more than $85 million to see "Brave" and "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" —  each family-oriented, non-live action films. "Brave" is the 13th film from Pixar Animation to open in the No. 1 position at the multiplex, as the 3-D movie debuted with a strong $66.7 million this past weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Walt Disney Studios. Meanwhile, the 3-D animated "Madagascar 3" continued to do strong business even on its third weekend in theaters, grossing an additional $20 million.
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June 25, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before learning how "The Newsroom" did. The Skinny: I saw Louis CK testing new material Sunday night at Largo. One of his funnier bits was about a trip to China and the censorship requirements there that he said had people telling him he couldn't even tell those China jokes when he was back in the U.S. CK then wondered why Hollywood is so eager to trade its freedom for entry into China. Monday's headlines include a look at the weekend box office and how the movie knockoff business is on the rise.
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June 24, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, This post has been updated. Please see note below.
It was a highly animated weekend at the box office, as moviegoers spent more than $85 million to see both "Brave" and "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. " "Brave" is the 13th film from Pixar Animation to open in the No. 1 position at the multiplex, as the 3-D film debuted with a strong $66.7 million this weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Walt Disney Studios. Meanwhile, the 3-D animated "Madagascar 3" continued to do strong business even on its third weekend in theaters, grossing an additional $20 million.
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June 22, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before looking for a new trainer. The Skinny: I'm happy to report that Season 2 of Showtime's underrated "Episodes" is solid. Friday's headlines include previews of the weekend box office, troubles at NBC News go beyond "Today" and the Supreme Court passes on a chance to gut the Federal Communications Commission's ability to police the airwaves. Daily Dose: Adam Sandler's "That's My Boy" may have been a flop at the box office, but television still has faith.
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August 18, 2011 | By Gina McIntyre and Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Novelist David Nicholls' love story "One Day" begins when two recent college graduates spend an unlikely evening together, then charts their relationship over the next two decades by checking in on the pair once annually, on the same mid-July day. The book, which has topped bestseller lists in the United States and in Nicholls' native England, won praise for its unusual literary device, but when it came time for the author to adapt the story into...
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July 21, 1992 | Associated Press
Many children find role models while watching TV--but the availability of jobs as ghostbusters and vampire hunters may be limited. A Florida State University study says most television programs give children a false impression of the working world. The study found that TV portrays too few people working and even fewer being rewarded for it. It also found that the jobs depicted do not represent the occupational makeup of the real world.
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June 22, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
How can a studio to interest young moviegoers in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," a supernatural thriller in which the 16th president tackles slavery as well as the undead? YouTube is a good place to start. Twentieth Century Fox commissioned two YouTube filmmakers -- Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch -- to create a promotion for the film that would grab the attention of Wong and Laatsch's YouTube channel's 3.3 million viewers. The result was " 8-Bitham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," a video that blends the film's premise with a classic, side-scrolling video game setup.  The clip -- which is broken into game-like "levels," depicts a villainous, vampiric John Wilkes Booth kidnapping Mary Lincoln.
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June 22, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
The competition will cower in the face of "Brave" at the box office this weekend, as the 3-D animated picture is expected to dominate at the multiplex. The movie, from Walt Disney Studios' Pixar animation unit, probably will open with a strong sum of around $65 million in ticket sales, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. That's far more than either of the other two new films hitting theaters this weekend are expected to make. The supernatural 3-D action movie "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" will probably start off with a so-so $20 million, though distributor 20th Century Fox is predicting a weaker opening of around $16 million.
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